WILLIAM Z. FRESHWATER, a well-to-do farmer of Knox township, was born in Brooke county, W. Va., June 20, 1846, the son of Reuben and Lydia Freshwater, natives of West Virginia. His father, who is still living, is a farmer by occupation. The latter was married in about 1845, to Lydia Ridgely, by whom he had five children, of whom three besides the subject of this mention survive. William Z. began his acquaintance with farming in early youth, and has ever since followed that calling, and with considerable success. In the spring of 1875 he removed to Jefferson county, and settled on the farm which he now occupies. On February 21, 1875, he was married to Mary L. Pyle, daughter of William Pyle, of Washington county, Penn., and eight children have been born to them, as follows: John R., Annie M., David P., Katie C., Lydia L., Joseph M., William P. and Harry O. Mr. Freshwater and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, of Toronto. He takes an intelligent interest in political affairs and is an active republican. He has not aspired to office, however, though he has efficiently served his township as school director, having been elected in 1888.
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